Our products are very easy to fit.
Our DIY bonded products use a high quality double sided tape called a VHB (very high bond). This tape bonds to the wheel surface using viscous flow. This means the maximum bond is not instant, but takes around 72 hours to fully cure, although useable bond strength is reached within 24 hours. (Rimfinity are pro install only and do not require adhesives).
In addition to our DIY range we do trade fit versions to be supplied into trade partners for professional fitting.
We only use genuine 3M bonding products in our kits, which are the very best in the world and have been tested in the 3M UK laboratories for performance and longevity.
If the Rimblades® won’t bond, the 3M products we use will not be the issue. All Rimblades® will bond strongly unless something is stopping adhesion. The key is fitting to a clean and totally contaminant free wheel surface.
Tyre shine and silicone based lubrication products used by some tyre fitters can leave a silicone residue on the wheel which prevents bonding. Likewise some of the brake dust repellent wheel cleaners can also stop adhesion. These will require removing with our Tyre Shine Remover spray available in our web shop.
NOTE: Ceramic coated wheels have a non-stick surface, and we would not recommend Rimblades® on this application without the coating first being removed.
Once you are happy the surface is contaminant free, use the supplied Rimblades® IPA (alcohol) cleaning wipes included in the kit to fully clean the surface where the rim protector will fit. Once this is dry (which takes less than a minute), use the provided Rimblades® adhesion promoters provided around the full circumference of the wheel where the product will fit. Try not to get this anywhere else. If you do, it can be cleaned off with the IPA wipes. The adhesion promoter is fully ready within 5 minutes, up to a maximum time of 20 minutes.
It is then a simple case of removing some of the backing tape and lining up the product with the wheel rim and sticking it on a few inches at a time. It really is as simple as peel and stick. When you get to the end, leave the last inch or so of backing tape on, overlap the two ends of the product and mark where to cut with a craft knife or pencil.
The next bit is very important. Since the tapes are pressure activated, you need to go around the circumference pushing the product on with a firm pressure. A damp (not wet) cloth can assist in getting good pressure into the tape all the way round the wheel. Finish off with the joint cover cap if selected. We use a specialist 406 rubber joint bonding adhesive, so be careful not to bond your fingers together. The use of latex gloves is suggested when using the adhesive. The joint covers need to be held in place for about 1 minute until initial bond is achieved.
Once fitted, drive carefully until the tape is fully cured.
Tips & Tricks
If fitting with the wheels on the car you can make the process faster and easier by jacking up the vehicle so you can spin the wheels.
If you can’t jack up the car, fit the top half of the product first, then roll the car forwards (or backwards) and fit the second half still working at the top.
If fitting in colder conditions, use a hairdryer to warm the wheel surface to ensure it is free of moisture.
Removing Rimblades® Products
When you need to remove Rimblades® products because you have damaged one and need to replace it, want to change the colour or want to remove them completely (on a lease car that is being returned for example) the process is quite simple.
Start by pulling gently from the join. During removal, the core of the foam tape should split and half will be left on the rim surface.
Using our VHB remover, spray liberally all over the leftover tape and within 15 to 20 minutes the adhesive compounds will be dissolved and the tape turned into an easy to remove jelly.
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We also have a network of supply and fit installers based around the UK